Rescuers save boys and their coach from Thailand cave

Saul Bowman
July 14, 2018

All 12 young soccer players and their coach who have been stuck in a Thai cave for more than two weeks have been rescued.

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to the final "as our guests" last week.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said. When none of the boys return home after dark and can not be contacted, parents report them as missing.

Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded.

Rescuers have been taking the strongest boys out first.

Only a doctor and three Thai Navy SEALS who helped with the rescue effort will still need to get out safely before the operation is wrapped up.

The plight of the boys and their coach has riveted Thailand and much of the world - from the heart-sinking news that they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers.

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old assistant coach became stranded when they went exploring inside after a practice game.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

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